Speaker Interviews - Ilya Kosmodemiansky

PostgreSQL worst practices
Ilya Kosmodemiansky

PGDay, 2017/02/05, 16:30 - 17:20

Could you please introduce yourself? What is your relationship with the PostgreSQL Project? —  I work with databases (including PostgreSQL) for more than 10 years now and for around 5 years I run a company, which specializes on PostgreSQL support and consulting. Having a background as a DBA, I focus on so-called non-coding contribution to PostgreSQL community work. That means I scrutinize Postgres, how it works, explain that to users, give feedback to developers on real-life cases and organize some community activity.

"Worst Practices" sounds like something to avoid. Will you show examples how to do it better? —  Well, learning worst practices is actually the best way to avoid them. Learning from best practices, apart from being boring, sometimes works not quite well. Someone says it works for them, you try to implement it, realize that it suits you system badly and modify the approach or (re)invent one. And voilĂ  - you just invented the wheel, but a square one and made of stone. My talk is designed to avoid such sort of inventions.

How did you come up with the idea for this talk? —  I didn't. It is a pure user-created talk, a talk 2.0 so to say. People come up with questions, I collect them carefully and present frequent ones.

Why shuffle the deck - aeh, the slides? —  There are to many worst practices, more than for one talk. Beside of that, you have a new talk each time!

Have you been to FOSDEM or FOSDEM PGDay before? —  Never, that why I'm looking forward to attend.